Sam R. Johnson

Partner in the Atlanta Practice of Newport, LLC
Dahlonega, Georgia

Sam was introduced to the Parkway during frequent family vacations to escape the heat of south Alabama. During those trips he learned to fly fish its waters and hike its trails. His affinity for the Parkway has only grown over the past 60 years. In 2019, he authored a “First in Class” book, Fly Fishing the Blue Ridge Parkway – NC Section, with a forward by Mark H. Woods, Superintendent, Blue Ridge Parkway (retired). He also co-hosts a webcast series on the Wild Bearings YouTube Channel about traveling, hiking and fly fishing the Parkway. Each year, Sam delivers dozens of face-to-face and virtual presentations promoting the Parkway to groups around the country.

In his work life, Sam is a seasoned C-level executive leader and board member with firsthand experience in industries ranging from banking, printing, RVs, and brewing, to aerospace, packaging, software, and auto parts. He is a Partner in the Atlanta Practice of Newport, LLC – a national business advisory practice of ex-C-Level executives. He advises on strategies to improve strategic direction and planning, align marketing mixes, enhance revenues, streamline supply chains, and maximize human capital usage.

Sam attended the University of Southern Mississippi on a football scholarship where his position coach was UNC’s own Mack Brown. Following graduation, he moved to Atlanta, and for the past 30 years has lived with his wife and pack of Siberian Huskies in Dahlonega, Georgia. In his spare time, he is a freelance writer for American Fly-Fishing Magazine, member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and the Georgia Outdoors Writers Association. He is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville, where he makes bamboo fly rods for anglers and collectors worldwide. Finally, Sam has been a bagpiper for over 20 years, is a member of John Mohr Mackintosh Pipes & Drums in Atlanta, and is a past Games Events Director of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.